Josh Doctson misses second straight day of practice

Chris Lingebach
October 04, 2018 - 9:02 pm
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Redskins wide receiver Josh Doctson missed his second straight day of practice with a heel injury Thursday.

"He got kicked in the heel on Monday on our bonus day and is sore," head coach Jay Gruden told reporters Thursday. "He'll be day-to-day."

Gruden wouldn't say whether he thinks Doctson will be a go Monday against the Saints, only allowing that he hopes to get him running by Friday or Saturday.

Gruden did expound on Doctson's injury situation in an exclusive interview with 106.7 The Fan's Craig Hoffman, which can be heard in full during Monday's Junkies Pregame Show.

"He played pretty much the whole year last year," Gruden told Hoffman, when asked if there's mounting frustration with Doctson's unavailability. "Unfortunately the first year, he had an issue with his feet. I think that was hard to deal with for him. He got healthy last year, played a little bit."

"This year he's had a pretty good camp and the numbers aren't where they are, and then he just had an issue, somebody hit his heel on Monday," he said. "It's unfortunate."

"People get labeled as injury prone when they're just unfortunate instances," he added. "Jordan Reed's kind of gone through that through his career. We're trying to keep him healthy. We'll just try to do the best we can to get him healthy as fast as we can so he can be a factor for us down the stretch."

Doctson's most productive game of 2017 came against New Orleans, when he caught four Kirk Cousins passes for 81 yards. That game could hold the key to unlocking Doctson as a weapon in the current Redskins offense.

"They gave us a lot of single-high looks and a lot of opportunities to throw some fades to him," Gruden recalled. "Kirk gave him some great opportunities, he made some plays, so it was good to see. Some shallow crosses he caught, turned up, made some plays. I think when he gets man-to-man coverage, he's got an opportunity when the ball's in the air to make some plays. He just hasn't had that many opps this year yet."

If Doctson isn't able to go, the Redskins do have Michael Floyd on the roster. Floyd has yet to dress since singing with the Redskins in mid-September.

Other notable Redskins injuries include Trent Williams (knee) and Josh Norman (hamstring). Williams underwent minor surgery during the bye week to clean up a bursa sac in his knee. He was "very limited" in Thursday's practice but is expected to play Monday. Norman told reporters if the game were today, he wouldn't be able to go, but with three days between now and game time, he expects to be good to go.

"I mean, if I was going today, it wouldn't happen," he said. "Hopefully we can come out here and get a full day tomorrow and see how that feels and we'll go from there."

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